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Love in a Lift.
I SKI,EOT Kl). Concluded /rotn last week. Would you have known me again," she asked Aiith an innocent air, which became her wonderfully. "1 should have known you any where," was his fervent answer. e( How crowded the Park is this afternoon" remarked the lady, chang ing the subject abruptly." "Isn't it wonderful where all the .. And such queer people come from? looking people some of them are! «l ust look at that woman in a pink bonnet and a yellow gown!" "May 1 call uyon you, Mrs. Orms kirk'" ho asked, when they had talked ab out mutual acquantances, criticised the passers by and chatted amicably, after the manner of friends who meet after si long interval of absence. "Of course you may, I live at Meg atherium Mansions when 1 am in town. You will generally find me at home about 4 o'clock.". And with another of her sunny smiles Mrs. Ormskirk | drove on. Major Bourchier saw a good deal of Mrs. Ormskirk during the next few weeks. On sonic pretext or other he managed to drop in nearly every day at Megatherium Mansions. The luxurious suit of rooms occupied by the fair widow was on the seventh floor of the huge block of buildings, consequently they were readied by that useful modern conveyance a lift. Bourchier soon cherished quite a senti mental fueling of affection for the eosey little cage which carried him so easily and rapidly upward to the dwelling of his chraming llos die, and had he been of a poetical turn he would have certainly penned a sonnet in its praise. was resolved to try his lnck again, and in spite of the fair widow's occasional fits of caprice, he believed his chances of success were considera bly better than t thev were ten years ato. The worst of it was that Mrs. (lrmskirk bad at least half a dozen ■Retendants and the names of her ad mirers were Legion. ^ " l h ,, . i o l ii i»«-WiBroften mortified to find that the attentions of one or the other of this band of aspirants seemed more acceptable to the little coquette than bis own More than once he was tempted to risk everything on a single cast of the line, and ask her boldly if she would marry him. But more pru dent counsels prevailed and be resolved to abide bis time. Precipitancy might ruin everything. A woman, lie argued, is seldom won by a coup de main. One evening, nearly two months after the meeting in the Park, Mrs. Ormskirk was present at a fancy dress ball given by Lady Kthclinda Rosier, a sister of the most distinguished of the fair widow's suiters. It was the first entertainment of the kind at which tin; latter had appeared since her husband's death. Lady Ktlielinda made so great a point of the matter that sin; wrote a charming little note, begging dear Mrs. Ormskirk to break through her rule. Her ladyship, it niav lie hint'd, was extremely anxious He ! to bring about a match between her broth r .1 osiali and Ormskirk's thousands, the llnekminister revenues not being exactly in a flourishing dition. COII Boiirobier also recieved a card of in vitation; and lie bad the mortification of witnessing the very marked atten tions with apparent satisfaction, lie watched the pair with silent wrath. The green-eyed had fall monster dominion over Kthelinda's guests lie 1111 sTalile. The brilliant si him, and of all Ladv tiie most tie, the music, the gay crowd were like dust and ashes between his teeth. He i as about to quit the ball room in dis gust wlien, :i ill a nrevums occasion fron e.ves, which seemed to I n a moment he relent he eiiignt a beautiful brown bid him Slav. gl nice Rosalie's cd ..nd went up to her. Alia was standing with Lord Ruck minister and one or two near one of the long wind' Bourchier asked for a dance, which was graciously accorded to him, but when the longed-for time came round he sought in vain for tha graceful figure dressed in pink us a Watteau other men vs. shepherdess. Just as the last chords of the waltz were dying away he caught sight of her emerging from a distant conservatory on Itoekminster's arm. Bouchier went straight up to the pair. "The last was our dance I think, Mas. Ormskirk," he said in a voice that struggled to be calm, but only succeded in being reproachful. There was a flush on lloslie's cheek, and a subdued sparkle in her eyes as she answered: "1 am so sorry Major Bourchier. And now," she added quickly, "1 am going to ask you to give me your arm to my carriage. 1 am tired, and want to go home." Lord Rockmiuster frowned, and murmured a few words into her ear which Rouchier could not catch; but Mrs Ormskirk's silvery tones were so clear that, he could not avoid hearing her reply: "Yes, to-morrow." Then she dropped Lord Rock minster's arm and took Bourchier's I with a slight air of embarrassment. "You are leaving early, Mrs. Orms kirk," he said coldly. "Yes, I am tired," she, replied briefly. "Let us make our way down stairs at once." But when Mrs. Ormskirk's carriage drove up a slight contretemps occured. The footman proved to be in a state of hopeless intoxication. Bourchier a; once informed Rosalie of the state | of affairs, adding that it would be better to dispense with his services altogether. "It is really too provokin she said. "Major Bourchier, I must ask you to drive home with me. I am in a most pi laughable predicament. Do you understand how to work a lift?" Bourchier started, and then hesitated a moment. "Yes,I think so." 'That is fortunate, she said in a re tone. lieved Megatherium Mansions the liftman is often not to At he found so late as this, and I generally depend on my own servant. I am too nervous to work the thing myself Bourchier was naturally overjoyed to daher this trifling service, and he felt that the tele-a- tele drive to Megath erium Msnsions would almost indem nify him for the loss of that coveted waltz. He seated himself with alacrity in the widow's cosy brougham, and they were driven off rapidly—too rap idly he thought —to their destination. As Mrs. Ormskirk had surmised, the liftman was nowhere to he found; the night-porter, who could not leave his post being the only creature about at that hour. "1 must ask you to escort me to the seventh floor'" said Rosalie, smiling as she seated herself in the lift, small lamp lighted the machine, and shown down on her quodree head, piquante face and radiant eyes. "The ball was a dismal failure— wasn't it?" she said, looking up at him as he worked the ropes. "Yes—n no, not altogether, answered, losing his head somewhat. "It would have been the happiest evening of my life, if—" He stopped, and fixed his eyes on her face. "Yes. Major Bourchier?" she quer ied, softly; "if what?" "If you had not cheated me out of my waltz, Rosalie," he burst out im pulsively. Mrs. Ormskirk bluehed and finger ed her fan nervously. "Oh, Rosalie! he said, dropping the rope and seating himself at her side, "why will von play with mu like ? You know that 1 love you. You know 1 have loved you for years!" lie had seized one of her small bands and pressed it ! to his lip s before she could withdraw it He bad forgotten all about the d inger of precipitancy. "Rosalie, listen to me!" , "Not now—not here!" she interrup ted, with a touch of her old coquetry. "Fancy any one having the liai dihood to make a declaration of love—in a lift! And you used to be so—so roman tic.'' A be i "What does it matter where or when one speaks if the love he genuine ! I love you truly, Rosalie, and i have been very patient ; but I could not bear to sec that idiot Rockminster—" Major Bourchier, I cannot allow you to speak in that way of one who may one day be my husband." "Your husband!" "Lord Rockminster proposed to me this evening," she said, dropping her eyes. o "And you accepted him?" "Well not exactly!" she replied, with a malin : but I may, I have not given him his answer yet. T shall to morrow.'' This, then, was what she meant when she spoke those two words to Rock minster^ Bourchier's face turned red with anger. "Rosalie," he said hotly, "you are a heartless coquette! 1 have done with you forever." "I am indeed sorry you should think so badlyof me, Major Bourchier. "But'» she added, with the lighest touch of sarcasm, "that is no reason why you should keep me a prisoner to tell me so. The lift is at a standstill." It was true. In his eagerness Bour chier had dropped the rope and the lift was stationary. "I won't keep you ment longer than 1 can help, Mrs. Ormskirk, a prisoner a mo be said, jumping up. He pulled the rope vigorously, but the lift did not move. "Don't you understand the mechan ism?" cried Rosalie, in sudden alarm. "Yes, of course," he retorted, a trifle irritably : but—but there seems some thing wrong with it. Mrs. Ormskirk sprang to her feet with a little scream of terror. "Oh, Major Bourchier, we shall be There is something wrong with the lift! \Ve may be dashed to pieces—the thing may fall—or—or something, what will become of us!" she went on bursting into tears, you save me Vincent!" She clung to him in terror. "Don't be frightened, dearest," lie said, trying to speak cheerfully: "it may not be so serious »,« you think. Do you not know if thi^,k>»Ü hydraulic lift? If so the stoppage .nay be caused by the failure of the water." "I don't know—I don't know what a hydraulic lift is," moaned Rosalie, sobbing. "Such a thing has happened before. "Oh Vincent, can't ; —can't you save me?" "Would to Heaven I could? 1 would die for you gladly." "I don't know about dying for she sobbed out, "but there seems a I very good chance of your dying with me." »» killed, 1 know we shall. Oh, 'Can't—can't never j : me, ,,r 1 ,. ,, • . .. I "I don t think things are quite so j bad as that, Rosalie." "How do you know? Why any min ute we may be dashed to pieces ! I have heard of such things." His arm was still round her waist : i in terror she did not seem to notice it. I At least she made no attempt to withdraw herself from his embrace. Life seems all tile more entrancing j , of course,,' lie ventured to say, You i now trying not to speak bitterly, were always ambitious, Rosalie, and a ' a peeress—" ' '»\ ho told you I was going to be a peeress?" she retorted with spirit. you are going to take advantage of the j position to—to Ini/h/ me—. "Mv doling, such an idea never crossed my brain. 1 love you far too well," interupted Bourchier, with bis lips close toiler pretty tatiou was irresistible, velvet cheek once, twice, she did not attempt to remove her fresh rosy lips, me?" If : The temp lie kissed her and then as ear. , . . I Sue was silent save fora .slight a» I , .1 . • 1 ». I d her breath, that might have been either a sigh or a sob. • Rosalie do you love catching "4 ou will not marry Rockminster, will you ! you will marry me," he went on passionately, as 1 do, Rosalie, loved you for ten long years." "Is that true!" she whispered in her most musical tones. No one loves you : Think of it : 1 have "I swear it. 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